London, April 18: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is reportedly being selected to coach the England trial squad.
Australian legend Ponting currently works as a head coach with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals.
Rob Key, the former Kent and England batsman who subsequently forged a successful career in broadcasting, has been appointed by the ECB as its new managing director of England men’s cricket.
According to a report by The Times, Ponting is high on Key’s list of test coach targets, along with former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten. The report also states that Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who has extensive coaching experience on the franchise circuit with the likes of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Southern Brave in The Hundred, “is likely to be approached for coaching.” to the white ball team. reports mirror.co.uk.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain previously called Ponting for the job. He told the Daily Mail: “For me, there is no finer brain in cricket at the moment than Ricky Ponting, who reads the game so well.
“The new manager has to be someone the players respect; the dressing room has been too nice in recent years. And, my God, if the batsmen in that England team are not going to listen to what Ponting has to say about the technique, so why are they playing the game? “Not all greats in the game become good coaches because they’re not sure how to get their message across. Ponting doesn’t have that problem,” Hussain had said.
“But because I can’t see him wanting to commit to a year-round gig, if he wants to commit, then we have to split the role. And there’s no reason why Paul Collingwood can’t be in charge.” of the white ball team”.